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Heat set for opening series vs. Camden

    The Lowcountry Heat will try to reach the American Legion baseball state tournament for the second consecutive year as they open the postseason at Camden on Tuesday for Game 1 of a best-of-five series.

The Heat finished off the regular season in style Saturday with a 20-4 victory against Summerville to clinch the third seed from League 1. They finished 8-8 in league play a year after winning the championship and riding a hot streak to the state tournament for the first time in program history.

A team must win two series to advance to the state tournament.

"It starts with pitching and defense -- that's playoff baseball," Heat coach Chris Wells said. "We're going to have to find different ways to win ballgames. We have to play a clean ballgame, and that will give us a chance to win."

The Heat face a difficult opening-round opponent. Camden finished 13-7 in League 2, good for second place behind state favorite Sumter, which finished 19-1.

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